Studying in Europe can be a rich and rewarding experience. You get to learn about new cultures, experience new food and music, make life-long friends and most importantly attain an internationally recognised degree from a world renowned institution. The seemingly downside to studying in Europe is the huge cost it often requires to attend a university there. However, it doesn’t always have to be this way, there is good news for you.
If you’re a prospective international student planning to study in Europe at bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral level, there are scholarships available that you may well be eligible to apply for. This scholarships include merit based scholarships, government scholarships, university/subject specific scholarships as well as third party NGO scholarships. Scroll down the list below for details on these types of scholarships and how you can take advantage of them.
Scholarships to Study anywhere in Europe
Erasmus Mundus Scholarships - This scholarship is an initiative led by the European Commission to provide financial aid to students from all parts of the world to study in Europe at select institutions.
Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowships (IIF) for Developing Countries - A fellowship initiative funded by the European Commission for top-tier research students in scientific and technological fields from developing countries to study in Europe.
Study in Belgium Scholarships
CIUF-CUD Scholarships in Belgium for Developing Countries – opportunities to gain funding to study in Belgium for training or research at master’s level. Open to students internationally.
VLIR-UOS Scholarships for Developing Countries – offering scholarships for students from developing countries in parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America to undertake training, research or study in Belgium at selected institutions.
Ghent University Master Grants – offering scholarships for students from developing countries to undertake a scientific master’s degree at Ghent University in Belgium.
KU Leuven Science Scholarships for International Students – the Science@Leuven scholarship is aimed at international students interested in undertaking study in Belgium at master’s level within the faculty of science at KU Leuven.
KU Leuven IRO PhD Scholarships for Developing Countries – open to prospective PhD students from developing countries to study in Belgium within the Interfaculty Council for Development Cooperation at KU Leuven.
Study in Hungary Scholarships
Hungarian Government Scholarships for Foreign Students – scholarships for international students to study in Hungary, funded by the Hungarian government. Open to students of all levels.
Study in the Netherlands Scholarships
Amsterdam Merit Scholarships for Excellent International Students – merit-based scholarships to study in the Netherlands at the University of Amsterdam. Open to promising master’s degree students from outside the EU or EEA.
Anne van den Ban Scholarships for Developing Countries at Wagenignen University – scholarships for international students from developing countries in the Middle East and Eastern Europe to study agriculture, food or environment-related programs at master’s level at Wagenignen University. Sponsored by the Anne van den Ban Fund.
Eric Bleumink Fund Scholarships at the University of Groningen – open to all master’s level international students undertaking further study in the Netherlands at the University of Groningen.
Leiden University Excellence Scholarships (LExS) – merit-based scholarships for master’s degree (MA/MSc/LLM) students at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Not available to EU/EEA students.
Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) – government-funded international scholarships to study in the Netherlands on a short course, master’s or PhD. Prioritized candidates include female applicants and applicants from sub-Saharan Africa.
Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme – Nuffic-funded scholarships for students from developing countries in Asia and Latin America, including China, Indonesia, South Korea, Mexico and Brazil, to study in the Netherlands.
University of Groningen Scholarships – offering both internal and external merit-based scholarships, as well as subject-specific scholarships, for international students to study at the University of Groningen. Open to students of various degree levels.
Radboud Scholarship Programme – scholarship opportunities for non-EEA students to study an English-taught master’s degree at Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands.
UM High Potential Scholarships for International Students – merit-based scholarships for international students to study in the Netherlands at master’s level within Maastricht University. Only open to students from outside of the EU/EEA.
University of Twente Scholarships (UTS) – International scholarships to study in the Netherlands on a selected master’s program at the University of Twente.
Utrecht Excellence Scholarships for International Students – offering various merit-based scholarships to study a bachelor or master’s degree program at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Students are automatically considered when enrolled.
VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP) – scholarships for talented students to study a selection of English-taught master's programs at VU University Amsterdam. Only for students who are not of Dutch nationality.
World Citizen Talent Scholarship for International Students – merit-based scholarships to study in the Netherlands offered by The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Open to both bachelor’s and master’s students.
Study in Sweden Scholarships
Swedish Institute Study Scholarships For South African Students - The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships target highly-qualified students and are awarded for studies in Sweden starting in an autumn semester.
Swedish Institute Study Scholarships For Syrian Students - The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships target highly-qualified students and are awarded for studies in Sweden starting in an autumn semester.